Karnataka’s or South India’s first luxury train the ‘Golden Chariot’ was flagged off by President Pratibha Patil here in Bangalore on Saturday 2nd Feb. However, the train will start ferrying passengers only from the 3rd of March after a few final touches.
The train, a long-awaited dream of Karnataka tourism is going to open up many parts of the state to tourists especially the NRI’s and international travelers who were earlier exposed to select states like Rajasthan and Kerala. The train, which has 19 thematically designed coaches, during its week-long journey would cover Mysore, Kabini, Hassan, Hampi, Hospet and Goa before return back to the city.
All coaches are designed based on ancient Karnataka history and this is the only luxury train in the country that is also equipped with modern facilities like plasma TV, satellite television and wi-fi facility.
The cabins of the trains are inspired by the Mysore and Belur Halebid schools of art and architecture. The bedspreads are hand-woven by artisans who have carried down the tradition through ages. The coaches have been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka namely Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavahna, Yudukula and Vijayanagara.
The only catch is the pricing and as expected this 7 day journey will set you back by $ 350/- (Rs 14,000) per nite. This will include all your expenses on board the train and the site seeing at various locations with specialized tour guides.
Guess for someone who’s been wanting to gift their parents a dream holiday.. well this is your chance.